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Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake and Cho La Pass is an ideal trek in the Khumbu Region of Nepal. It combines the legendary trek to Everest Base Camp and the trek to the turquoise lake, the Gokyo Lake. During the trek, we cross over one of the highest passes in the world, the Cho La Pass. The trail passes through Sherpa villages and ancient monasteries. We explore those ancient heritages and broaden our horizons. Further, the trail leads among the amazing mountains domain and highland pastureland. The view of the Himalayan vistas is a lifetime experience you can buy with less investment.
The beautiful trekking journey starts with a thrilling flight to Lukla airstrip. As you get off, Himalayas welcome you with its cool breeze. First, we descend to the Phakding. We take an uphill steady walk to Namche crossing over Hillary suspension bridge. The bowl-shaped Namche bazaar welcomes you with warm Tibetan greetings. Savor the traditional sherpa cuisine and get acclimatize your body. It is a perfect chance to explore the beautiful market. From Namche, the trail split to Phortse, the unexplored and authentic Sherpa village. Its lifestyle and culture are worth exploring. The trek further leads to Gokyo valley. There is a turquoise lake, the Gokyo Lake known for its beautiful color. There is Ngozumpa Glacier, the longest glacier of Nepal. We hike to Gokyo Ri, the view from here is very appealing. The trek to Cho La pass is strenuous yet rewarding. You can see the best view of Ama Dablam and other mountains. The trek to the Everest Base Camp lets you see Khumbu Glacier along with Khumbu Icefall. From Kalapatthar you can see a beautiful sunrise over the Mt Everest and Mt Lhotse. The silver Mt Everest turns into a golden and sparkly chunk. This is the closest view and the best view possible of Mt Everest. The lunch at Hotel Everest View gives you the best dining experience.
Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
3 Hours Before Flight Time
While entering the border of Nepal, you see the Terai Plain and everlasting green hills. The Himalayas at the horizon smile over your arrival in Nepal. After Custom clearance, proceed toward the arrival terminal (gate). Our company’s representative receives you and transfers to the hotel as assigned.
The exploration of Kathmandu valley starts after taking breakfast. You will visit some of the ancient UNESCO heritage which is an important destination. Our tour guide will take you to Pashupatinath Temple and its surroundings to explore. This temple is the holiest destination on Earth for Hindu. The temple’s architecture is a masterpiece to behold. After this, you will visit Boudhanath Stupa which is the largest stupa in Nepal. After exploration, visit Swoyambhunath Stupa, the monkey temple of Nepal. These two stupas are the pious destination for Buddhists. The vibes you get from these places is unworldly and divine. As time goes by, you will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, one of the oldest squares in the valley. From here, we can walk up to the Thamel market if we have some shopping left to do for trekking.
Early morning, we drive to the domestic airport. We take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. It takes 35 minutes to reach Lukla. During the flight, you will see thousands of hills covered with clouds and veined with rivers. The Mountain View will excite our new venture to the Everest region.
As soon as we land at Lukla Airport, the fresh smells of the Himalayas hype our emotions. We explore the local market while our support staff will load the luggage and gears. The trail to Phakding is almost downhill. We descend and reach to Cheplung Village from where the view of Mt. Khumbila is way too incredible to behold. The trail further descends to Phakding which lies at the Dudh Koshi River valley. Phakding lies north of Lukla and this is our first stopover in the trek.
At Phakding after having breakfast, we continue the trek to Namche. We cross the Dudh Koshi River. time and again through the suspension bridge. The prayer flags and khada (Buddhist shawl) decorate the bridge. We pass through the pine forest and approach Monjo. It is an entrance to Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. The trail climbs steeply as we enter the national park. The view keeps on opening with amazing vistas as we approach Namche Bazaar. It is the biggest Sherpa settlement in Nepal. This place is full of hotels, lodges, guesthouses, cafes, restaurants, internet cafes, and other means of facilities. On a clear day, we can see a glimpse of Mt Everest and Mt Lhotse too.
A day at Namche Bazaar can be well spent either hiking or exploring Namche. If you plan to hike, we can go to Syangboche Airstrip. From here, we can see the Namche Valley along with the Himalayan vistas from a different angle. Later, we can trek to the Everest View Hotel – the highest placed hotel in the world. It offers a panoramic view of Mt Everest and other series of mountains.
Back at the Namche, we can go to Sherpa Museum and Everest Photo gallery to explore. Enjoy with the liveliness of Namche Bazaar visiting the colourful markets. Savor the local and other delicacies at Namche and prepare for next day.
Today, we split our trek route from the Everest Circuit Trekking and follow the trail to Phortse. It is less explored and untouched with modernity. We ascend steadily and gradually until Mong La. This is the first place where we can see the Ama Dablam soaring at an altitude of 6812m. Apart from Ama Dablam, we can also see Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku mountain. After Lunch at Mong La, we descend down to Dudh Koshi River. Again we ascend to Phortse passing through Rhododendron forest. From here, the view of Cholatse and Tawache is amazing.
After breakfast, our journey to Machhermo starts. We cross the Dudh Koshi River and pass through Rhododendron and Pine forest and reach Dole. It is a small settlement in Dudh Koshi Valley. Leaving behind the Dole, the trail gets steady and straightforward through scenic ridges. We can see Thamserku, Kantega, and Cho Oyu on the way. We reach Luza village. From here it’s a short trek to pastureland and farming area where Macchermo lies.
After breakfast, we trek uphill. We can see a great view of Dudh Koshi valley and the scenic view of Thamserku, Kantega, and Cho Oyu. The trail gets interesting as we pass through the terminal moraine of Ngozumpa Glacier. It is the longest glacier in Nepal. We walk through Longpongo, Raboche Tsho, and Dudh Pokhari. We finally reach Gokyo valley, our destination.
Today we acclimatize our body to prevent from High Altitude Sickness. Early morning, we hike to Gokyo Ri to see the sunrise over the amazing Himalayan vistas. On a clear day, we can see the panoramic view of Mt Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu. Below you see the small hamlet, Gokyo valley alongside the tranquil Gokyo Lakes. We descend down to the valley and trek to Fourth and Fifth Lakes of Gokyo. They are the beautiful lakes in the Gokyo valley.
Climbing Gokyo Ri would be today’s program if we were resting yesterday. The view from the top of the Gokyo Ri is worth experiencing. We trek to Thangnak which lies to the eastern side of the Gokyo valley. We walk through Ngozumpa Glacier and reach the other side of the mountain. We traverse along this mountain and reach the base of Cho La pass called Thangnak.
Today, we start our trek early before the sunrise to dodge the extreme wind flow afternoon. The journey starts with a steep climb through boulders and ravine. The trail is usually slippery because of ice and snow. So, be careful with your steps. Passing through a rocky trail isn’t easy as we expect to be. But the reward afterward is beautiful. As you approach the Cho La pass, you can see cairns and prayer flags. The view of Ama Dablam from here is quite unique and appealing. You can also see the Cholatse, Lobuche East and Baruntse taking peek from hundreds of peaks. We trek down to reach Dzongla.
The trail from Dzongla to Lobuche is quite an easy and merry trail. We descend from Dzongla and walk through the grassy trail. We enjoy the view of Lobuche peak, Cholatse, and Tawoche on the way. The rest of the day we will take rest and enjoy the views. We have to make sure our body is well acclimatized for the next day-long trail.
Today is a big day. We walk slowly along the Khumbu Glacier. It is the world’s highest glacier located in the Khumbu region. We walk for 2-3 hours and reach Gorakshep with few guesthouses. We check-in and take a rest. From here we continue our trek to Everest Base Camp. This is the closest we can get to Mt Everest with a trekking permit. The glimpse of Khumbu Icefall and other mountains is breathtaking. During spring, we will be able to meet some of the climbers preparing themselves to climb Mt Everest. After spending some time, we return to Gorakshep retracing the same path.
The trek to Kala Patthar is the toughest but the reward is bigger than you expect. Early dawn, we trek to Kalapatthar (5550m) passing through rocks and boulders to see the sunrise. At first, the sun rays kiss the Nuptse, Changtse, and Lhotse. The whole mountain ranges turn silver to gold. This is the best panoramic view one can see throughout this trek. The tears might drop with excitement. Capture those moments and back to Gorakshep. From Gorakshep, we trek down to Dingboche retracing the same path we came.
After breakfast, we trek down to Namche Bazaar. As you hike down to lower region, the landscape keeps on changing. The barren landscape full of rocks and grey shades turn to green, friendly environment. The heart gets content to see greenery and be back to Mother Nature. Lunch at Tengboche Monastery, a spiritual domain in Khumbu region.
We descend to Phakding and take uphill trek to Lukla. We pass through steep ridge, pine and rhododendron forest. Then we cross suspension bridge to reach Lukla. We cherish our last day trek at Lukla with small party with our team members.
We take a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. It takes 35 minutes to reach Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel and check – in. Rest time and time for shopping and souvenirs.